KDE Frameworks Command Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-14744) Threat Alert

KDE Frameworks Command Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-14744) Threat Alert

August 19, 2019 | Adeline Zhang


Recently, a security researcher took to Twitter to disclose a KDE Frameworks command injection vulnerability, which stems from the KDesktopfile class handling .desktop, .directory, and configuration files. An attacker could create malicious files of these types, which, once being viewed with the KDE file viewer, could trigger the vulnerability, leading to code execution without requiring any user interactions like executing such files.




Affected Versions

  • KDE kconfig < 5.61.0

Unaffected Versions

  • KDE kconfig >= 5.61.0


KDE has eliminated the related function causing the vulnerability in question in its latest version. Users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible to protect against this vulnerability.

Besides, KDE Frameworks 5 users can apply the following patch to kconfig:


kdelibs users can apply the following patch to kdelibs 4.14:




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